York parkrun backs call for more foster carers

York parkrun is getting on its marks to help City of York Council recruit 25 foster carers.

The family-orientated charity is backing the council to find more stable caring foster homes for local children and young people in care.

During Foster Care Fortnight (14-26 May 2018), on Saturday 19 May members of City of York Council’s fostering team will help steward and take part in the weekly race which runs on the Knavesmire.

The need for more carers is to replace those who have retired as well as to look after the children who come into care. These range from babies to teenagers, as well as siblings who need to stay together, and young people with additional needs.

The council is committed to keeping the children in its care in the city, where the best fostering options are and where changes for the children are kept minimal.

The rewards of fostering come with some of the region’s best training and support. And most of all, the satisfaction of helping a child look forward to a brighter future.

Cllr Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, said: “I’m delighted that York parkrun and its members who are rooted in our community are supporting our call for more local foster carers

“We know the quality of care provided in York and want to match our children with local, well-trained foster carers. Staying local means the children can carry on attending their school, being part of their community and meeting up with friends and family members.”

David Leese, run director for parkrun in York, said: “Being a family-friendly organisation with a local ethos, we’re pleased to be able to support fostering in York.

“We understand each child in care needs a foster carer who can nurture them and help them grow into the adults they want to be.

“Our community is always looking to challenge themselves and beat their personal best: that’s why we’re urging residents to take the next step forward and find out more about fostering in York.”

To become a foster carer, we ask that you can offer a child a safe and secure environment and can understand their feelings and worries.

We welcome enquiries from people:

  • of any age, so long as you’re in good health
  • who are single, married or in a long-term relationship
  • of any ethnicity, sexual orientation or faith
  • in employment – or not
  • who have a home, whether your own, or private or social rented
  • without or with children of your own.

If you could give a child in care a supportive, caring home, please find our more at www.youcanfoster.org/york or call 01904 555 333 for a chat about fostering.

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